On Our Doorstep….
Our village is in the perfect spot for visiting attractions in North Yorkshire. We’re just half a mile from the A64 which runs from York to Scarborough and the Wolds Way National Trail is very close. The traditional market town of Malton is about 5 miles away. In the past decade, Malton has earned the title of Yorkshire’s Food Capital. The town centre features many independent shops and small businesses that offer tasty local produce. There are monthly food markets as well as the renowned Food Festival in May.
Locally are 2 pubs that serve food, a fish and chip shop, butcher, and a village store with post office. The Coach and Horses is a more contemporary pub whilst the Fleece is more traditional and good for a pint. Both do good meals. The fish and chip shop is also highly recommended (please check opening hours) The general store also sells bacon rolls and pies too if you’re peckish! Turner’s butcher sells local, high-welfare meat, and he also does ready-made meals. These are all in Rillington, which is only 1/2 mile away on the A64. It’s either a 10 minute walk across the fields (bring your wellies or good walking shoes when the weather is bad) or slightly longer if you use the road. If you stay earlier in the week, the nearest pubs aren’t always open, but the Ham and Cheese which is 5 minutes drive is open 7 days a week.
Traditional Market Town of Malton
There are no services in Thorpe Bassett itself. You’ll find Morrison’s, Lidl’s, Asda’s and a small Sainsbury supermarket in Norton and Malton ( 5 miles away). There are a great selection of independent shops, cafe’s and bars if you’re keen to support the North Yorkshire economy, as they sell tasty, locally-sourced products. Because of these, Malton has developed a well-deserved reputation for being Yorkshire’s Food Capital.. We even have a traditional, independent cinema. Ask us for our favourite places.
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A great touring base….
Within 20 minutes or less drive we have Wolds Way Lavender Farm that offers lots of activities for children, Castle Howard which has been the location for a number of film, Scampston Hall if you are interested in gardens, Flamingoland if you like fast rides and a zoo, Eden Camp for a step back into WWII Britain and many other places of interest, plus we are under a mile from the stunning Yorkshire WoldsWay National Trail. North Yorkshire has plenty to offer all year round.
Beaches along the East Coast
North Yorkshire has a number of traditional seaside resorts. Scarborough is only 20 miles away and offers traditional seaside attractions. For instance there are a number of music events at the Open Air Theatre that attracts top performers that might be of interest. Alternatively Filey and Bridlington are quite close too.
There are also some quieter beaches such as Hunmanby Gap, and Cayton Bay (renowned for surfing). Going north is the harbour of Whitby, which is a good place to sample fish and chips, and the very picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay at the bottom of a steep, cobbled hill.
Other Attractions in North Yorkshire
Within 25 miles of our shepherds hut are Yorkshire’s best attractions. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway which starts in Pickering is always popular. From this market town, take a steam train to Whitby across the dramatic North Yorkshire Moors. In September the heather looks spectacular, and the town has some spectacular beaches plus some quaint lanes to wander down, and Whitby Abbey. The Goth Weekends at the end of April and October are popular events worth visiting.
The historic city of York is approximately 25 miles away. The train from Malton takes 20 minutes, or you can drive and use the park and ride to be in the centre within an hour. The Shambles, York Minster and the City Walls are favourite destinations. Additionally, Ghost tours, museums, and river trips are also popular and can be booked locally.
Dalby Forest showcases some of North Yorkshire’s most beautiful nature and is about 15 miles away, and offers great bike tracks and walking trails. Hire bikes from the visitors centre, make use of the cafe or bring a picnic. Finally, there are also concerts, children’s activities, Go Ape, and there will soon be a Dry Stone Wall Maze.